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Tips for dealing with condensation in your home

Tips for dealing with condensation in your home

Condensation is caused when excess moisture meets a colder surface like a wall or window. If left untreated, persistent damp can lead to mould and severe damage to your home, this effect is intensified in the colder winter months. There are two methods of removing condensation from your home, open the window and replace the warm humid air that you have heated with cold air from outside and heat it all again, or use ventilation.

Condensation is more common in bathrooms and kitchens where steam is produced by bathing or cooking. Homes are especially prone to problems with condensation during the colder months, although it can also occur in the spring and summer months due to cooler nights.

When the dew point in the air meets a surface with a lower dew point (i.e. your windows), moisture build-up occurs. While some condensation is not necessarily a bad thing, an excess amount is something that should be addressed.

Many look to reduce the moisture in their home with a dehumidifier.

Dehumidifiers are typically advertised as a device which removes moisture from the air using the same system of condensation that causes all those problems. However, what many do not realise is that they usually increase energy costs, are bulky and can get in the way.  Because they collect the water that would otherwise condense elsewhere, dehumidifiers need to be emptied regularly. 

Condensation in the home

There are some simple ways to help reduce the amount of condensation in your home, which in turn can help to prevent longer term issues such as damp and mould that result.

  • Keep your windows open as regularly as possible.
  • Check your vents or air bricks to ensure that they are clear.
  • Dry clothes outside if possible.
  • Make use of extractor fans in the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Leave a gap of at least 100mm between furniture and the wall surface to allow circulation.
condensation on a window

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  • check Assess any condensation, damp or mould problems in your property
  • check Take readings of the relative humidity levels
  • check Identify any underlying problems and make recommendations for a permanent solution

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